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  Mary M. Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet SchoolMary M. Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School

Construction Manager at Risk & General Contractor

PDS Engineering & Construction, Inc.
107 Old Windsor Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002

Architect, Civil & Transportation Engineer, Landscape Architect

BL Companies
355 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450

General Description

Location: Hartford, Connecticut
LEED® Platinum
Date Bid: Feb 2009 Construction Period: Mar 2009 to Aug 2010
Total Square Feet: 100,000 Site: 1.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 20 classrooms, seating 400 including gym and auditorium.
Building Size: Basement, 20,000; first floor, 60,000; second floor, 20,000; 70,000 renovation; 30,000 new addition;  total, 100,000 square feet.
Building Height: Approximately 12 ‘ floor to floor, total, 26’.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete, wood. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Santo Domingo Engineering, LLC - 2074 Park Street, #1000, Hartford, CT 06106
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: BVH Integrated Services - 50 Griffin Road South, Bloomfield, CT 06002

The Mary M. Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School is located on 15 beautiful acres near downtown Hartford and is certified LEED® Platinum by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The school is one of only 11 in the country and the first public school in New England to achieve this highest level of LEED certification.

The project included a complete redesign and renovation of the building with a 30,000-square-foot addition to adhere to the school's new theme of Environmental Sciences. Expanded parking, a new cafeteria and a convenient drop-off area for school buses, a new butterfly vivarium; a 30-seat interactive film theater; a laboratory with 50 freshwater and salt water aquariums for fish breeding; a weather station; and a glass-shrouded lobby with a fish pond and a greenhouse, where students can grow their own lunch vegetables encompassed the program.

Selected as the Construction Manager at Risk, PDS worked with Hartford Public Schools from pre-construction in Spring 2008 to the closeout in Winter 2011 on the school. PDS Engineering & Construction, Inc. established in 1965 in Bloomfield, Conn. is a full service construction company specializing in Design Build, Construction Management, and General Contracting for the commercial, industrial and educational markets. BL Companies of Hartford served as the architect, civil engineer, landscape architect, transportation engineer, and land surveyor.

Mary M. Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School incorporates state-of-the-art mechanical systems in the renovated building and new addition. Plus the students can view the boiler room, cogeneration plant and main electrical rooms through windows to learn about the systems that run their school. The school's systems include a fully integrated digital energy management system with extensive levels of control and monitoring. With the new systems the school has seen a reduction of 40% in the annual energy total cost, including cogeneration-related energy cost savings of 16%.

Recycling is one of the focuses of the school, and it began in the construction process. A total of 98% of all construction waste was recycled. The project included 20% recycled content and 20% of the content were regional materials. 85% of all new wood products used FSC certified wood, and 95% of the existing buildings, walls, floors and roof were reused in the renovation. The renovated kitchen uses two composters to process biodegradable waste.

"The Hartford Public Schools takes great pride in receiving LEED Platinum certification on our newest school construction, particularly a school focused on environmental sciences," said Superintendent Christina M. Kishimoto. "What an incredible lesson and source of pride for our students and families as we continue to work together with our partners to deliver on a school system of distinction!"

PDS, well known for their teamwork approach and community support, restored the 12-acre outdoor classroom as a donation. PDS Engineering & Construction is effective in time and cost management, safety and risk management, decision-making capabilities, problem solving, leadership, professionalism, and cooperation with the Owner. And since completion of the Mary M. Hooker PDS has been chosen as the first Construction Manager in the program selected for the next round of Hartford school projects - The Global Communications Academy, an International Baccalaureate Candidate School.

PDS Project Accomplishments at the Mary M. Hooker School

LEED Platinum
Goal: Gold
Achieved: Platinum

Recycled Construction Waste Materials
Goal: 75%
Achieved: 98%

MWBE Participation - Minority Labor Force
Goal: 20% Achieved: 33% Goal: 15%
Achieved: 48%

Hartford Resident Labor Force
Goal: 30%
Achieved: 30.3%

Goal: No Lost Time Accidents
Achieved: More Than 150,000 Safe Work Hours

Only 69% of Total Contingency Used
($410,718 Savings to the Owner)

Change Orders
Only 4% of Contract Amount

Community Service
Restored the Outdoor Classroom & 12-acre Nature Trail

Recommendation Letter from Principal

LEED® Points Achieved        58 Total
Sustainable Sites                   10
Water Efficiency                   5
Energy & Atmosphere            13
Materials & Resources            9
Indoor Environments Quality  15
Innovation & Design Process   6

Product Information
Gypsum: USG
Membrane: Versico, a div. of Carlisle Syntec
Metal Roofing: WP Hickman EIFS: STO
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: EFCO a Pella Company
Epoxy Flooring: Dur-A-Chip 1/8-inch floor with Glaze #5 from Dur-A-Flex
Elevators: Otis

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